Law Enforcement

The Fuzzy Logic of a Jaywalking Crackdown in New York

Officials hope it'll make streets safer. But pedestrians are often the victim of careless, speeding drivers.

My Face, Digitally Recognized

The age of practical facial recognition has begun, and it's only going to get more precise.

Maybe the 'Broken Windows' Strategy Could Cut Down on Traffic Deaths Too

Every 30 hours, a New Yorker is killed in a car crash. With the right approach, the NYPD could help bring that number way down.

Seattle Presses Pause on Its Mass Surveillance Plans

If only temporarily. 

Is a Pet Dog Really Killed by a Police Officer Every 98 Minutes?

A new documentary promises to shed light on the size and scope of America's under-covered "puppycide" epidemic.

Why Energy Boomtowns Are a Nightmare for Law Enforcement

Officers explain in their own words what happens when city services can't keep up with a population explosion. 

What Role Should Police Play in Preventing Traffic Deaths?

"You're going to have accidents," says New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

What the Government Shutdown Will Look Like Where You Live

From national parks, to home loans, to the National Zoo in D.C., there will be a small, but noticeable, impact almost immediately. 

How a City With Two Dozen Law Enforcement Agencies Handles a Huge Crisis

The Navy Yard attack was an example of D.C.'s complex jurisdictional landscape.

How Race and Inequality Influence the Size of Urban Police Forces

Findings from the police staffing levels of 64 U.S. cities.

Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

The Biggest Test Yet of the NYPD's Pledge to Treat Traffic Deaths Seriously

A New York City police officer struck and killed a pedestrian in Brooklyn last weekend. Will there be charges?

How Much Do Automated License Plate Readers Know About You?

Civil liberties advocates argue that it may be too much.

Could Your Smartphone Help Police Track Gunfire?

Researchers develop an add-on to the Android that can pinpoint the location of shooters.

Domestic Violence Survivors Who Call the Cops Risk Eviction in Some Places

Some cities require landlords to evict tenants who call 911 3 times within 4 months. The rule puts women in grave danger.

Police Stings for Drivers Who Don't Yield in Crosswalks: Does It Really Work?

Last year, New Jersey cops were cracking down on jaywalkers. Now they're penalizing cars. Will switching tactics make a difference?

Shouldn't Pedestrians At Least Be Safe From Cars on the Sidewalk?

Even in walking cities like New York, the criminality of drivers who kill pedestrians is far from clear.

How Rioters Act Like Shoppers

Researchers say looters make rational decisions about how far they’re willing to travel to steal what they want.

The Study That Could Upend Everything We Thought We Knew About Declining Urban Crime

An NYU sociologist now says New York's famed police tactics had nothing to do with the city's turnaround.